It’s hard to believe that the father of positive thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, was once a young boy plagued by an inferiority complex. But through faith, and his realization that people take you at your own self-appraisal, Peale began a journey to a new way of thinking. If your self-appraisal needs some refinement, incorporate Peale’s timeless truths into your life:
Start thinking you can do things. When people believe in themselves they learn the first secret of success.
Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.
Get fired up with enthusiasm. Those fired with an enthusiastic idea, and who allow it to take hold and dominate their thoughts, find that new worlds open for them.
Stretch beyond your current limits. We can do just about anything that we really want and make up our minds to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize.
Practice happy thinking. Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.
Like attracts like. If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
Maintain enthusiasm through tough times. Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong.
Believe things will turn out well. Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.